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“13th” Film Screening at Edmonds UUC

July 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Sno-King Meaningful Movies Presents:


Saturday, July 8 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m. for social time & refreshments; discussion follows the film)

Open to the Public, Free (donations accepted)

Special Guest: Cecilia hayes, Equity and Engagement Program Manager, King County

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery.  But it also included a provision many people don’t know about, which is what this documentary brings to view.

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist.”  That exception justifies the use of forced labor as long as the laborer is a convict.  This documentary makes the case that inclusion of this loophole is only one of the justifications for continuing domination of people of color.

The 13th Amendment was ratified in 1865, and director Ava DuVernay supports her thesis through the use of both historical footage and interviews.  Film clips of former President Richard Nixon call for ‘Law & Order’ which has resulted in exploding prison populations.  The U.S. only has 5% of the world’s population, but has 25% of the world’s prisoners.  This Law & Order policy enabled government to imprison blacks.  John Ehrlichman was Assistant to President Nixon for Domestic Affairs: “Did we know we were lying? Of course we did.”  The documentary makes the case that those drug busts, Jim Crow laws and segregation are all variations of domination of black America.

Currently the ‘Prison/Industrial Complex’ is just a new version of the same old problem.  Here DuVernay returns to the 13th Amendment and makes the case that the system cannot be dealt with by making small changes. The system itself has to be rebuilt.

“13th” was released in 2016, and runs 100 minutes.  Ava DuVernay is the director.

About the Event and Special Guests

Our films are free and open to the public with no tickets required.  Donations are gratefully accepted to cover screening costs and other expenses.  Following the screening of the film, please stay for a facilitated community discussion with an opportunity to dig deeper into the issues raised in the film.

Our special guest is Cecelia Hayes. She is Equity and Engagement Program Manager for the King Co Dept of Exec Services.  In that role, she directs implementation of the Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan throughout county government.  It is essentially about “understanding institutional and structural racism” and the resulting disparities.

About Sno-King Meaningful Movies

Sno-King Meaningful Movies, launched in March 2015, is one of 21 Meaningful Movies venues in Washington state.  Its films are typically shown on the 2nd Saturday of odd numbered months beginning in January.  Meaningful Movies are neighborhood film and discussion events organized around shared principles with a focus on social justice issues and advocacy.  The Meaningful Movie Project began in Wallingford in 2003, and continues to expand throughout the region.  Sno-King Meaningful Movies is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Committee of Edmonds UU Congregation, Snohomish County Peace Action, and the Social Action Ministry of Shoreline UU Church.

Volunteers are always welcome to join us.  More information:

Download the flier: Meaningful_Movie_flier_7-8-17.pdf


The facts and opinions expressed at the Social Justice forums and events at Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the stance of the church or its individual members. Just as our faith does not dictate specific religious tenets, our forums do not intend to tell people what to believe. We are a community of independent thinkers and decision makers.


July 8, 2017
7:00 PM
Event Category:


Sno-King Meaningful Movies


Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church
8109 224th. St. SW
Edmonds, WA
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